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BSMPG is Boston Strong

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 07:04 AM


BSMPG would like to wish the over 27,000 runners of the 2014 Boston Marathon the best of luck!


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Find out how the great endurance athletes from across the world continue to dominante their field from the guy that wrote the book on endurance training at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 16&17th (no we're serious, he literally wrote the book on endurance training, tapering, and peaking for optimal performance).


See the world authority in endurance training, Iñigo Mujika at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 16&17th here in Boston.

There is only one Boston Marathon and there is only one seminar which brings the world's authorities in Sports Medicine and Performance training together for two awesome days of learning.




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Iñigo Mujika 

Keynote Session: Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance

Breakout Session: Detraining in Elite Athletes


Iñigo Mujika earned Ph.D.s in Biology of Muscular Exercise (University of Saint-Etienne, France) and Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (University of The Basque Country). He is also a Level III Swimming and Triathlon Coach and coaches World Class triathletes. His main research interests in the field of applied sport science include training methods and recovery from exercise, tapering, detraining and overtraining. He has also performed extensive research on the physiological aspects associated with sports performance in professional cycling, swimming, running, rowing, tennis, football and water polo. He received research fellowships in Australia, France and South Africa, published over 90 articles in peer reviewed journals, four books and 30 book chapters, and has given 210 lectures and communications in international conferences and meetings. Iñigo was Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2003 and 2004. In 2005 he was the physiologist and trainer for the Euskaltel Euskadi professional cycling team, and between 2006 and 2008 he was Head of Research and Development at Athletic Club Bilbao professional football club. He was Physiology consultant of the Spanish Swimming Federation in the lead-up to London 2012. He is now the Head of Physiology and Training at Euskaltel Euskadi World Tour Cycling Team, Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country.


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Join the Leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 16 & 17, 2014.

Registration is now OPEN.

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Breathing: Some People Just Talk About It, Others Actually Implement It

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 07:03 AM

Neil Rampe


"Some organizations, they pull two Advil from their pocket and say that's all you can have. To me, that's not reality, man. We're playing 162 games. Guys are going to get beat up. You try to find ways to make guys comfortable on the field. It's nice to have a medical staff here that's open. Some of the stuff I've seen here, I've never seen before."

- Bronson Arroyo, speaking about Arizona Diamondbacks Medical Staff



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Miguel Montero shook his head, and not just because the Arizona Diamondbacks catcher was still trying to clear the cobwebs of that trip to Australia.

No, he was considering the idea that the club's new right-handed workhorse, pitcher Bronson Arroyo, is 37 years old, beginning his 15th major league season and never once has landed on the disabled list.

CORBIN: Resting after Tommy John surgery

"It's hard to believe, really," Montero said. "Everybody has their little stays on the DL. I don't know how he does it."

The answer for the free-spirited Arroyo: any way possible.

But it looked for all the world just a few weeks ago that Arroyo's remarkable streak of durability could end when he experienced back stiffness and pain in his lower back and was scratched from a spring-training start.

Arroyo said Tuesday he received an epidural injection and, after a final spring-training start, he expects to be ready when the Diamondbacks restart their regular season.

"I threw three innings in a simulated game on the 19th and threw a bullpen," he said. "Through that, I was still not perfect. But the last four days, I've been feeling perfect. I threw (Monday) and felt as good as I've ever felt, so I just want to get one more outing and get built up a little bit."

He expects to pitch Saturday against the Cubs and anticipates throwing 85-90 pitches.

That is terrific news for the Diamondbacks, especially in the wake of the not-so-terrific news that staff ace Patrick Corbin, as anticipated, underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday in Florida.

That Corbin is only 24 years old and lost for the season just underscores how fortunate Arroyo has been during his career — knock on maple or ash.

Arroyo's dependability and his history of stabilizing pitching staffs by eating up 199 or more innings in nine straight seasons are reasons the Diamondbacks signed him to a reported two-year, $23.5 million contract.

It also clearly has become a point of pride for Arroyo.

"There's never been a time in my baseball career I didn't think I was going to get out there on Day 5," he said. "There maybe is going to come a time when I can't. If it would have been the regular season, how my back was three weeks ago, I wasn't going to get out there no matter what.

"But I've been fortunate to find a way to get out there. Usually you know your body enough to know that even when things are wrong, you've got enough to find a way to get out there. Right now, I'm totally good."

Arroyo said the epidural was the third he has had since 2008 to resolve disk irritation in his lower lumbar spine.

"I didn't know what it was for a long time," he said. "Around 2008, I figured out what it was from a (magnetic resonance imaging test) when I was signing a contract. ... They went and checked it. I had an epidural in 2008, one in 2011 and this year, so I've had three of them total. It's worked every time."

He said it has taken a little longer on each occasion for the shot to work.

"The body kind of adjusts to them," he said. "But if need be, these guys here are really open minded, which is nice. So if I feel something and it gets a little irritated throughout the year, they can hit me with another one.

"A lot of times, it's like pulling teeth with teams to get somebody to do something like that for you. It's why guys are so fearful of going into the training room. They think they're going to get shut down immediately.

"Some organizations, they pull two Advil from their pocket and say that's all you can have. To me, that's not reality, man. We're playing 162 games. Guys are going to get beat up. You try to find ways to make guys comfortable on the field. It's nice to have a medical staff here that's open. Some of the stuff I've seen here, I've never seen before."

That includes, evidently, blowing up balloons in the morning, reducing rather than increasing flexibility in some muscles, and using special glasses with lenses that distort vision to determine how it affects movement.


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See Neil Rampe from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar



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Arizona Diamondbacks

Lecture Topic: Addressing the "Over-Extended" Athlete






Neil Rampe is currently in his sixth year as the Manual Therapist for Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Neil’s education includes an AA in Personal Training as well as BS in Athletic Training and Physical Education with an emphasis in Strength & Conditioining from the University of Findlay. He went on to receive his M.Ed. in Applied Kinesiology with a Sport and Exercise Science emphasis from the University of Minnesota where he served as a strength & conditioning coach in the golden gopher athletic department. Neil then served as a certified athletic trainer at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine in Boulder, CO. Neil then spent five years at The University of Arizona where he served as the Associate Dierctor, Performance Enhancement. Neil is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the NATABOC, a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, a Licensed Massage Therapist through the AMTA and NCBTMB. Neil is also a Certified Active Release Techniques provider, Functional Range Release provider and has received his Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist advanced specializations through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Neil is also a C level DNS practitioner the The Prague School of Rehabilitation and a PRT (Postural Restoration Trained) through The Postural Restoration Institute. Over the past 14 years Neil has had the opportunity to consult and work with a number of elite athletes at the high school collegiate, olympic and professional ranks in the areas of rehabilitation, therapy and performance enhancement.


Join the Leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 16 & 17, 2014.

Registration is now OPEN.




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Canada's Top Speed Consultant Joins 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar Set

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 07:03 AM

BSMPG is proud to announce DEREK HANSEN as a speaker at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 16-17th, 2014.  Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out a month in advance!  This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!

Be sure to save the date and reserve your hotel room well in advance.

See you in Boston in May!!! 



Derek Hanson


Lecture 1: Identifying Opportunities for Recovery and Regeneration:  Making It Work for You

Lecture 2: Electrical Muscle Stimulation:  Performance and Recovery Applications








Derek M. Hansen is a sports performance consultant based out of Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He currently works as the Director of Athletic Performance at Simon Fraser University. He has worked extensively with coaches and athletes from all levels of high performance including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, CFL and the NCAA. His involvement with Olympic athletes, coaches and teams includes sports such as Track and Field, Speed Skating, Softball, Bobsleigh and Field Hockey, with many of these athletes having won Olympic medals and achieved world record performances. 

Derek’s specific areas of expertise include speed development, electrical muscle stimulation for performance, tapering and recovery, and hamstring rehabilitation. Two significant influences in the development of his approach have been Charlie Francis and Al Vermeil. Derek worked closely with Coach Francis from 2001 to 2010, providing coaching to elite athletes and developing Charlie’s educational materials for on-line presentation and seminar delivery. Coach Vermeil has also been a steady source of mentorship to Derek from 2002 to the present day, providing insight into all areas of athlete performance.

When not coaching, Derek is a course conductor with the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program in the areas of Physical Preparation, Recovery & Regeneration and Sport Biomechanics. He has developed a broad series of electrical muscle stimulation protocols for Globus Sport and Health Technologies, known as the SpeedCoach, that integrates EMS programming with conventional training to enhance speed performance. Derek also runs a highly successful Strength and Conditioning apprenticeship program that places young coaches in jobs all over the world.


Join the Leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 16 & 17, 2014.

Registration is now OPEN.


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Brandon Bovee Joins 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar Speaker Set

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

BSMPG is proud to announce BRANDON BOVEE as a speaker at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 16-17th, 2014.  Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out a month in advance!  This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!

Be sure to save the date and reserve your hotel room well in advance.

See you in Boston in May!!!  




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Brandon Bovee currently serves as the strength and conditioning coach for HC Lev Prague of the KHL.  Prior to this season, Bovee spent 2 seasons working for HC Dinamo Minsk of  the KHL. Prior to coming to KHL,  Bovee was an intern for Sean Skahan of the Anaheim Ducks during 2010-2011 season.


Undergraduate studies completed in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton.

Hold certifications NSCA-CSCS, USAW- Sport Performance Coach, NASM- PES.

Bovee has trained a wide range of hockey athletes including Olympic Gold Medalists and all-stars across a number of competitive leagues.

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Objective Measures in Rehabilitation: Enter TMG

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 @ 07:02 AM

Determining optimal exercise dose for the biceps femoris in rehabilitation training of sacro-iliac pain patients.



A link between sacro-iliac (SI) type pain and alterations in biceps femoris recruitment affecting lumbopelvic stability has been widely described. In TMG100 tensiomyography assessments of patients with SI complaints it is common to find significant bilateral differences in biceps femoris contraction properties. Most often the biceps femoris on the affected side will have a longer contraction time (Tc) than on the opposite side. This suggests that, during walking and running, the affected muscle produces its peak power later than on the opposite side potentially placing excessive stresses on the SI joint.

It is common practice to prescribe activation exercises to acutely and chronically decrease contraction time, with the aim to firstly increase fast motor unit activation and secondly to increase the fast fiber type ratio in the biceps femoris. During therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation training it is important to avoid excessive local muscle fatigue since this would only further increase the functional imbalance between both biceps femoris muscles, thus leading to a further deterioration of lumbopelvic stability and possible onset of discomfort.

In order to define the appropriate dose of exercises, i.e. number of repetitions and sets, TMG100 is used to monitor the muscle's response to the activation exercise. After each short set of repetitions TMG100 parameters are checked; a decrease in contraction time and increase in radial displacement suggest muscle potentiation, while an increase in contraction time and decrease in radial displacement suggest local muscle fatigue. When the latter is detected during this simple test, we can determine the dose of exercise that can be done before local muscle fatigue sets in, safeguarding the positive effects of rehabilitation training on lumbopelvic stability. TMG100 tensiomyography can also be used to monitor resting contraction times before each rehabilitation session; decreases in contraction time suggest chronic changes in muscle fibre type ratios towards fast fibre types, which should contribute to improvements in lumbopelvic stability in the long term. In these cases TMG100 tensiomyography not only provides deeper insights into possible disorder mechanisms, but it also serves as a tool to monitor the effects of rehabilitation training on specific muscles so that training programmes and schedules can be optimized for higher efficacy and efficiency in rehabilitation trainnig.


Visit and learn more from the TMG team at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 16 & 17th



Topics: TMG, BSMPG Summer Seminar

The Face of Player Monitoring Joins Performance Directors Meeting

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 06:02 AM


Dave Tenney Joins the CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting  - May 18, 2014




David Tenney was named the Sounders FC fitness coach on January 9, 2009. He is one of Major League Soccer’s most respected and highly-regarded fitness coaches following two years in Kansas City. On January 1, 2014, Tenney was named Sports Science & Performance Manager for the Sounders. Tenney’s Sports Science & Performance department is the first of its kind in MLS — and is tasked with collecting and analyzing the physiological, physical, and tactical data related to performance, fatigue, and injury prediction. Prior to the Seattle Sounders, Tenney held similar positions with the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC), the George Mason’s Men’s & Women’s teams, and the Washington Freedom (women’s professional soccer).

Tenney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Coaching Science from George Mason University (VA), and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science - Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention from California University of PA. He also holds a European Soccer ‘A’ license from the Czech Republic FA, and an NSCAA ‘Premier’ diploma.  




Mission of the BSMPG Performance Director Forum: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

Date: Sunday May 18, 2014

Location:  Boston, MA

Invitations & Enquiries: This is an invite only event. If you are interested in joining the leaders in performance training and medicine for a day of interaction, debate, and real insight, then please send an email expressing your interest in this limited capacity event to  

*Please note: The BSMPG Performance Director Leadership Forum is an invitation-only event and is limited to the top senior professionals in order to maintain the quality and relevance of attendees.  An invitation to the "BSMPG Performance Director Leadership Forum" is at the sole discretion of the organizers and the team of advisors.


8:30-9:00 am  Registration and Breakfast

9:00-10:00 am Evaluation of the Elite Athlete - Fergus Connolly

10:00-11:00 am Monitorning the Elite Athlete - Dave Tenney

11:00-11:30 am Roundtable Discussion / Break

12:30-1:30 pm Networking Luncheon

1:30-2:30 pm Creating a Performance Team - Fergus Connolly

2:30-3:30 pm Developing a Vision with Management - Mike Zarren, Assistant GM, Boston Celtics

4:30-5:30 pm Sports Performance: What's Next? - Fergus Connolly

6:00-9:00 pm  Performance Directors Dinner   


To learn more about the 2014 Performance Director Forum click HERE. 




Topics: BSMPG Summer Seminar, Dave Tenney

The Performance Team

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

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Sport Performance Team: A multidisciplinary applied sport science approach to athlete performance development provides the best foundation for success as strength and conditioning specialists, athletic trainers, physicians, dietitians, sport coaches, sport psychologists, and exercise physiologists are interconnected and work in concert. This approach creates a sound and effective sport training program based on scientific principles intended to produce outcomes that are sensitive and specific to the sport while accounting for any potential medical limitation and builds a foundation for long-term athlete development.


Register for the ONLY seminar that promotes and integrates the collaborative efforts of all SPORTS PERFORMANCE TEAM members.


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Superbowl Champion and 2014 BSMPG Speaker

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 @ 22:02 PM

Congratulations to Dr. Gerry Ramogida and the Seattle Seahawks.

Super Bowl Champions!


See Dr. Ramogida at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar


Gerry  Ramogida



Chiropractor and Performance Therapist





Topic: Mechanics and Manual Therapy, Influences on Performance

Workshop: Micro-movement dictates Macro-movements


Dr. Gerry Ramogida is an internationally recognized chiropractor and performance therapist. He has served on many Canadian national teams and across a wide range of sports from football, soccer, ice hockey and athletics. Dr. Ramogida has been a chiropractic consultant with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL since 2002. He was also brought on by the UK Athletics team as “their Lead” Performance Therapist for the 2012 London Olympics where they won six medals including four gold medals. He has been a practicing chiropractor since 1997 and has worked with dozens of high-profile professional and Olympic athletes. His research interests include how manual therapy influences performance and motor learning, particularly as it relates to the teaching and acquisition of sprint 

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Assessing Movement: Conference Review by Patrick Ward

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 @ 07:01 AM

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by Patrick Ward


Yesterday I made the 2 hour trip from Portland down to Stanford University for Assessing Movement: A Contrast in Approaches & Future Directions. The course was set up to be a dialogue and debate between Dr. Stuart McGill and Gray Cook. The event was put on by Craig Liebenson with support from the Stanford Sports Medicine Department. Laree Draper of On Target Publications was there to capture the event for a DVD release at a later date.

Initial Impressions

I have to first thank Dr. Liebenson for putting on the event. It was well run and structured. Also, thanks to Laree Draper for being there to capture it. Laree has done a great job of putting out wonderful educational resources for the profession over the past 4 years or so.

I didn’t know what to expect heading down there. I know these are two passionate individuals, both of whom I have gotten the opportunity to learn a lot from for a number of years, and, based on many of the (foolish) comments on facebook (Ex., “Who won?” or “Did McGill steam roll Gray?” or “Was it a battle?”) I believe this topic is one that people get very emotional about. Truth be told I thought it may turn into a total train wreck with people getting upset, getting loud and uncomfortable, and nothing getting accomplished (IE, no real learning taking place). I was pleasantly surprised. I found both of the presenters to be very complimentary of one another, showing a lot of respect to each other, and maintaining healthy discussion rather than resorting to personal attacks or comments that were not going to lead to further discussion or better learning for the audience.

The Lectures

The morning started out with both speakers giving two lectures in a “you go, I go” type format.

Gray was up first and he presented the basis of the Functional Movement Screen and discussed why we screen, what the FMS is, what it isn’t, and what things the test may be telling you in order to provide you with information to draw up your exercise road map.

Continue Reading Pat's article HERE 


See Patrick Ward and other Leaders in Sports Performance Training at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar. 

Seats are filling up FAST - This event will sell out AGAIN!


patrick ward 








From 2006 to 2012, Patrick Ward ran his own sports performance training facility in Phoenix, AZ, where he worked with athletes across a variety of sports, including golf, volleyball, football, soccer and other world-class athletes training for international competition. Patrick earned a Master of Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2007, holds NSCA and CSCS certifications and is a licensed massage therapist. Currently Patrick works within the Nike Sports Research Lab in Portland, OR, where he works with some of the greatest athletes in the world and helps Nike collect sports performance insights.

Patrick maintains an active blog,, where he frequently writes about his thoughts and ideas in the world of health and human performance.


Topics: Patrick Ward, Neil Rampe, BSMPG Summer Seminar, Fergus Connolly

You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 20:01 PM

Introducing InsideTracker's Ultimate Plan


InsideTracker just launched its Ultimate Plan, the company's most advanced and comprehensive offering, which has been in the works for the past two years. Get your athletes tested to learn how many of these 30 essential blood biomarkers are optimized in their body. And leverage InsideTracker's science and algorithms to get them personalized, precise nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.

Save 20% until January 31, 2014 : BSMPGINSIDE20 


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Link to InsideTracker's Ultimate Plan 


Visit with the good folks from InsideTracker and other leaders in the fields of Sports Medicine and Performance Training at the 2014 BSMPG Summer Seminar.


Where Leaders Learn


Topics: InsideTracker, BSMPG Summer Seminar